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by 381 · August 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

How many grams on average will a guy need to eat a day in order for his body to become fat adapted? How long does it take to get fat adapted? How many carbs can be consumed while being fat adapted? how much protein can you eat while staying fat... (more)

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GruffaloUnchained 0 · August 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Just a follow up question guys. Today I am doing the reccomended 3 meals a day thing. This morning I had 3 rashers of and 100g blueberries. For lunch I had two pork loins with a rasted yellow pepper and corguette seasoned with herbs and chinese... (more)

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by 2611 · March 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Three days ago I switched from a diet with about 200g of carbohydrate a day to 80-100. The macronutrient breakdown is about 20% carb / 25% protein / 55% fat. I've been getting some well-known symptoms: brain fog, short temper, easily fatigued. If... (more)

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cliff_1 0 · March 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Carbs kill. Zero carb or death

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by 119 · March 21, 2013 at 3:05 AM

The question is simple. Mammals have mammary glands, mammary glands produce milk. Early humans ate animals so they must have consumed the mammary glands. From my rudimentary understanding of human evolution humans have been scavenging/hunting... (more)

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VB 0 · March 18, 2013 at 11:54 AM

In her book "Deep Nutrition" Dr. Cate claims that some of us are well-adapted to dairy since after hunter-gathering humanity went into herding for over 10,000 years in some regions. However, that was RAW GRASS-FED full-fat fresh or fermented... (more)

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by 993 · February 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I tend to be REALLY thirstless. I'm almost never thirsty, I don't really like the taste of water unless I'm dying of thirst (slight exaggeration) which is almost never, sometimes in hot weather I end up deyhdrated and I don't know what hit me and... (more)

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Anders_Emil 0 · February 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Water is another one of those bro-science "controversial" topics. The bottled water industry has done a good job of convincing people that we need to drink a LOT of it! - to the degree where people, when not thirsty, think there's something wrong... (more)

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by 115 · December 21, 2012 at 6:37 AM

Lactose Intolerance is tough to diagnose. Some may have other problems which may be confused with lactose intolerance; like i.e. IBS och gluten allergy. But can someone who seems to have problem with lactose get better from abstaining from... (more)

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daz 0 · December 21, 2012 at 6:37 AM

Here are a couple of studies on the subject; Colonic adaptation to daily lactose feeding in lactose maldigesters reduces lactose intolerance Improved Lactose Digestion and Intolerance Among African-American Adolescent Girls Fed a Dairy... (more)

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by 678 · November 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

we used to live in very small communities of 5-15 members(most likely family members because we were always on the go, looking for food. when we discovered grains, everything changed... cities were built and the social aspect of humans changed a... (more)

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CD 0 · November 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Not sure I accept your suggestion that we lived in small communities. New Guinea tribes were known to live in "family units" of 20 - 30 people which were part of a larger tribe which would have 200 - 300 people. Certainly not in the size we live... (more)

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by 85 · October 13, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Another low carb question.. I've been eating a pretty high-fat, low-carb diet on and off for a while now. I'm not sure if I'm really keto-adapted (I haven't had that weird metallic taste in my mouth for a while), but I know that carbs make me... (more)

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borofergie 0 · October 13, 2012 at 3:10 AM

The answer is I don't think anyone knows. Sissons thinks it takes a couple of days, Steve Phinney reckons you're back to square one, and have to do the whole 2-3 week adaption again. I guess closer to the former rather than the latter. You're... (more)

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by 667 · August 09, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Both topics have been covered in other areas, but I want to tie together two separate threads: The benefits of barefoot running and minimalist footwear have been delineated in what now seems like thousands of articles. The counter debate is that... (more)

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Diane_4 0 · August 09, 2012 at 4:49 PM

In my case, all it took was a really super long walk for my feet to rebel and demand more minimal (or at least flat and WIDE) footwear. This super long walk was more than 1000 miles long. At the same time I was doing all that walking I was... (more)

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by 256 · August 22, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Got to thinking today (dangerous for me...lol)! To me, the very fact that the human body converts excess sugar (read excess carbs) or calories into adipose tissue (read fat) is biological proof that the human genome has adapted to burn fat as... (more)

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Kevin_Greene 0 · July 15, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Really great thought. Most people conclude that carbs (glucose) must be the preferred fuel source, since the body with burn it first. However, when you flip that around, and say that the body is trying to get rid of that fuel (and/or store... (more)

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by 80 · May 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

First ten days, plenty of fats and proteins and less than 80g of carbs daily. (massively lower than I used, but simply LC, not ketogenic!) PRO: no sleepy, relaxed, calmer, no mood swings, dramatic drop of my sugar cravings. CONS: exhaustion... (more)

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borofergie 0 · May 19, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Steve Phinney says that you need up your salt intake: "when the human body adapts to low carb, the body becomes very efficient at excreting salt. That’s good if you have high blood pressure, or if you’re bloated and fluid overloaded. It’s fine to... (more)

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by 9387 · April 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I agree that humans likely did not evolve performing excessive cardio (e.g., an hour+ of elliptical every day), but we also did not evolve to sit in a chair 10+ hours per day. I understand that interval training may best approximate the kind of... (more)

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Riveted 0 · April 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Great question. This idea of how cardio fits into my personal paleo framework is a big one right now. I've eaten a predominantly autoimmune-focused paleo diet for the past few years and have shifted my activity away from "chronic cardio" and... (more)

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by 0 · April 16, 2012 at 8:37 PM

After a couple months off the boat I'm finally pushing through those sugar cravings and getting back to low carb, but this adaption phase is....awful. I've been "Paleo" for about two years, but I'm starting to think I never went through a proper... (more)

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Team_Oberg 0 · April 16, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Your body is just adjusting to running on fat instead of carbs, it will subside, but if you increase your carb intake you will not stay in that sought after ketosis fat burn. Your body will adjust, I now alternate between periods of less than 50... (more)

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by 2401 · March 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Been basically paleo with my food choices for many years, except for rice. I'm 4 months into full on vlc paleo; no carbs except copious green vegetables (no fruit, grains, sugar, or roots) and feel amazing. 9am raw lamb leg, raw egg yolk, fish... (more)

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Ralph_Furley 0 · March 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I'm currently doing a Leangains style plan with IF and carb/calorie cycling. Like you, on rest days I eat pretty low carbs. They come from green vegetables and almost always below 50g per day. I feel great on those days and never feel hungry. ... (more)

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by 370 · February 07, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Here's my story: I started running ~3.5 years ago, and it has become something I love. I've trained for a couple of distance races, but for the most part I'm happy as a 20-25 mi/week girl. I don't push it particularly hard, I just enjoy getting... (more)

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Rick_Harrison 0 · February 07, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Also, I was 135 lbs and a teenager when I ran 5mins and 20 seconds per mile. One month ago I weighed 192 lbs and now down to 177 lbs. My time now is around 9minsand 30 seconds per mile. So it is not easy as it may sound. But the Paleo change is... (more)

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by 253 · February 27, 2012 at 4:20 AM

Does the body make any adaptations to deal with having low levels of electrolytes like it does for neurotransmitters? What are the mechanisms? I'm just curious as a primal intermittent faster who drinks coffee regularly if I should worry about... (more)

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camila 0 · February 26, 2012 at 2:02 AM

I am very lean and love flavored beverages which go right through me, especially with no grains in the diet to hold on to the water. I have to lay off of lots of water because my muscles will begin to flicker/twitch if I get imbalances. Extra... (more)

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by 24412 · November 09, 2012 at 2:23 AM

I am a seaweed fiend, descended in large part from coastal Europeans, and I'm pretty sure seaweed would have made up at least some part of the diet historically. In "Primal Minds, Primal Bodies" there was a blurb about people of Japanese descent... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · September 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Yeah, they found that Japanpese gut bacteria had stolen a gene from some seaweed bacteria to be able to digest some special carbohydrates in seaweed. I freaking love seaweed and I wish I had that gene. The main consequence for not having it would... (more)

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by 539 · November 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM

If someone is insulin resistant and uses fasting to help rebuild sensitivity (let's say a 1-meal-a-day approach), would their insulin levels really quickly become sensitive again, or would it adapt to these long fasting periods (and remain a bit... (more)

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Samantha_13 0 · November 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I just started fasting and a friend told me to look into insulin sensity too. Found this video on YouTube today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKJXBTeBrgU&feature=colike looks like fasting helps with insulin? (more)

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by 11049 · October 27, 2011 at 5:09 AM

Humans, by their very nature, are great at changing and adaption to almost anything, but is the ability to do a sudden, perhaps extreme, 180 degree change an aspect of being a paleo adapted human? For example two things I have done are training... (more)

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Nance 0 · October 27, 2011 at 5:09 AM

In my mid-60s I am finding primal an extreme change. So many years of eating wheat, drinking soda, even eating legumes. I'm totally sold on the wisdom of avoiding all those but that's my upper brain talking. My primitive brain says bring on the... (more)

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by 15964 · April 11, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I read a lot of exchanges on Paleo Hacks that go like: "What ratios do you eat? How many grams of such and such do you need to stay in Ketosis?" etc. I wonder if all of these strict, self-imposed restrictions are handicapping us from adapting to... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · April 11, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Not really answering your question, but here are my thoughts, anyway! Going Primal has helped me to think more clearly. Eating intuitively helps me to listen to my gut. Both help me to make better choices in this choice-filled world we live... (more)

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by 77348 · October 27, 2011 at 4:45 AM

One of the dangers of following any diet is becoming dogmatic, developing tunnel vision and, as a result, failing to adapt the diet to your own needs (bio-individuality). What alterations/adaptations to the Paleo diet have you made and why?

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dzone 0 · October 27, 2011 at 4:45 AM

I eat 90% of my food at night. Meal frequency is a product sold by big business and is generally a big lie.

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by 25197 · March 07, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Many find refuge in eating with an evolutionary trend. But the point of a paleolithic diet is to increase the survivability of the next generation or offspring. That is the entire point of adaptation. Many people adopt paleo post child bearing... (more)

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Robin 0 · March 07, 2011 at 7:23 AM

This idea seems to conflate diet with evolution when they are not strictly the same. The point of adaptation is to get your genes into the next generation. But does that mean this is the "point" of a paleolithic diet? From our historical point of... (more)

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by 1793 · February 04, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Some prominent paleos, such as Art DeVany, Erwan Le Corre, and Nassim Taleb have written about the importance of randomness in diet and exercise. As I understand it, it's about making our bodies more robustly fit, and to some extent it insures us... (more)

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Ed 0 · November 09, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Hi Nico, Due to personality differences, people vary in their preference for routine vs. variety (or randomness). In neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) terms, this is called the sameness vs. difference metaprogram. A metaprogram is how your... (more)

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by 362 · November 09, 2010 at 12:52 AM

I read a very interesting article about how, over a period of few centuries, the fishes living in caves of Cueva del Azufre have developed resistance to a particular toxin that was released every year for some ritual. They evolved over a period of... (more)

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Daniel_Smith 0 · November 08, 2010 at 8:18 PM

You have to consider lifespan and the strength of the selection effect. Fish don't live long (= lots of generations) and the penalty for not being adapted was death. Humans do live a long time (= few generations) and grains rarely kill us before... (more)

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by 20469 · September 26, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I have known many carb eaters who do MUCH better on small frequent meals, an eating style that is often called 'grazing.' But is this always bad? The paleo belief seems to be that less frequent meals mean less insulin/glucose rise and easier... (more)

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Ambimorph 0 · September 18, 2010 at 1:15 PM

It takes time to adapt to not eating frequently because of the cycles of high and low blood sugar induced by high carb meals, and also because of ghrelin, which stimulates hunger and is released in expectation of a meal based on previous eating... (more)

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by 510 · April 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

I am trying to adapt to a Paleo diet--and having trouble. I know it should be simple but I have a lot of "food issues" and nothing with food is simple for me. I don't WANT to count anything (calories, nutrients, etc.) but I think to get started I... (more)

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Tom_Woodward 0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I agree that Kurt Harris' on ramp is a great method to get going. Even though your satiety switch is broken now, it can still be reset. You're probably in a bit of metabolic derangement from poor insulin control and maybe some leptin resistance... (more)